Kyle Webster Chats About His Book Please Say Please
Staff Writer By: Hope Kumor (hopeandlove)
Not only is Kyle Webster a writer, he's also a designer, illustrator and photoshop wizard.
"Drawing has always been my main interest in life, so illustration has been the right fit for me since day one, and I'm fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I love," says Kyle. "The Photoshop brush business (http://kylebrush.com) grew organically out of my love of art and technology and my stubborn insistence on emulating natural media in Photoshop, rather than using traditional tools."
Kyle recently published a book called "Please say Please" and I wanted to get the scope on it.
"My new book for children is Please Say Please!, a vibrantly illustrated tale of a young girl and a tuxedoed gentleman who reminds her to mind her manners," says Kyle. "As the little girl's requests become more outrageous, she finally becomes the one to teach new friends about how to say please. School Library Journal calls it "an amusing etiquette lesson, perfect for storytimes or one-on-one sharing," and Kirkus Reviews notes that "it will delight young children." "
Who doesn't favor a polite child? In a world with not so polite people, we need more books like this! I asked Kyle how he came up with the idea of this book.
"When my daughter was two years old, we were venturing out every day to playgrounds, shops, etc., and I was surprised by how few parents were bothering to teach their children the most basic of manners," says Kyle. "I seemed to only hear a chorus of 'I want"s at every turn.' So, I had to do something!"
I'm certainly glad this book was published because people can learn a thing or two from the book. Hopefully, parents will grab this book and read it to their kids as a bedtime story.
And, when I asked Kyle about what inspired him to become a writer, he said.
"I'm not sure, but most illustrators I know have a picture book idea stored away in the back of their minds and hope to some day share it with the world," says Kyle. "Maybe visual artists have an easier time transitioning into writing because they are already concerned with storytelling, details, character and the other ingredients that make up both an interesting illustration and an interesting piece of writing."
According to his site, Kyle T. Webster is an international award-winning illustrator, living in North Carolina, who has drawn forThe New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Entertainment Weekly, Scholastic, Nike, IDEO, and many other distinguished editorial, advertising, publishing and institutional clients.